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Posted: 9/23/2004 8:45:15 PM EST
Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.


what exactly does that mean?
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 8:45:54 PM EST
Do not take revenge.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 8:47:41 PM EST
so basically, it says even though it's justified, dont do it? I don't get it.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 8:57:10 PM EST
I think that this is one of the most misunderstood scriptures in the Bible.
It seems to me that the message is not to take revenge for the sake of
revenge. If you can defuse a situation by walking away, do so.
It does not mean that you must stand there and let someone beat you into
the ground.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 9:00:31 PM EST
I wonder what god thinks if you kill someone there even though you can walk away simply for the sake of preventing them from coming after you later on in life.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 9:02:12 PM EST

Originally Posted By Voldermortist:
I wonder what god thinks if you kill someone there even though you can walk away simply for the sake of preventing them from coming after you later on in life.




He wouldn't like that.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 9:02:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By Voldermortist:
I wonder what god thinks if you kill someone there even though you can walk away simply for the sake of preventing them from coming after you later on in life.



As I recall, there is a passage saying "if your neighbor plans to kill you, get up earlier and kill him first".
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 9:03:22 PM EST
combat_jack where'd you read that?
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 9:12:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By Voldermortist:
Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.


what exactly does that mean?




It means take a hit for the team (my translation). However, Christ said to carry a sword.

I think it all means that it's OK to take abuse for the sake of the message he brought to us, but defend yourself against those who'd kill/harm you.
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 9:28:00 PM EST
actually...

in those days to strike a man with the back of your hand was an insult, to offer him your other cheek would be an unheard of challenge, he would be shamed if he did not strike you with the fore of his hand...

But striking with the fore of the hand is reserved only for a peer...

It is a message of forgiveness, reason, and dignity... its that dignity one that people gloss over
Link Posted: 9/23/2004 9:32:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By Katana16j:
actually...

in those days to strike a man with the back of your hand was an insult, to offer him your other cheek would be an unheard of challenge, he would be shamed if he did not strike you with the fore of his hand...

But striking with the fore of the hand is reserved only for a peer...

It is a message of forgiveness, reason, and dignity... its that dignity one that people gloss over



Yes, this is what I have also heard. It's a challenge to humble your aggressor and not for you to be a wuss and let him kick your butt like most liberals think....
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